News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and Mobility

Last week at Mobile ID World Internet of Things security was in the headlines along with the latest on the spread of biometric mobile wallets around the globe. Two-factor authentication was a topic of interest too, while we examined the latest mobile devices to sport fingerprint and iris biometric scanners.

Here’s a look at last week’s top stories in mobile identity management:

Voice Biometrics, Iris Biometrics

News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and MobilityLast week we saw Amazon’s efforts in opening up its Alexa AI platform pay off with the announcement that the voice-based assistant now has over one thousand ‘skills.’ Iris biometrics made the news too as we took a look at the latest entry in Fujitsu’s Arrows line of mobile devices: the Arrows Tab  F-04H tablet witch features iris scanning courtesy of Delta ID.

Highly Skilled Alexa Emerges from Open SDK Efforts

New Fujitsu Tablet Sports Iris Recognition

Apple and ID

News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and MobilityApple had identity-centric headlines last week, winning the approval of 45 new patents, some of which involve Touch ID components. The Cupertino company’s Apple Pay mobile wallet, which recently launched in Singapore, sparked conversations in the country revolving around the initiative to promote cashless payments. Stay posted to Mobile ID World today as we report on the identity-centric news coming out of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

The Highlights from Apple’s 45 Newly-Granted Patents

Apple Pay Fosters Banks’ Enthusiasm for Cashless Payments in Singapore

Mobile Wallets

News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and MobilityLux Research issued a new report last week stating that, if mobile payments providers aim to stay competitive, they will need to embrace multimodal biometrics. Much in line with the firm’s declaration, last week the non-biometric mobile payment solution CurrentC announced it will be exiting its beta test this month at which point associated accounts will be disabled.

On the other hand, Samsung Pay, which leveraged fingerprint biometrics for convenient transaction authentication scored MasterCard support through US Bank. Samsung’s mobile wallet is slated to launch in Australia later this week.

Samsung Pay to Launch in Australia Next Week

Closure of CurrentC Beta Trial May Signal End of Platform

Android Pay Gets MBNA Support in UK

Multimodal Biometrics is Key to mPayment Success: Lux Research

US Bank Announces MasterCard Support for Android Pay, Samsung Pa

Two Factor

News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and MobilityIn the wake of the massive batch of compromised Twitter credentials, users are being encouraged to enable two-factor authentication on their social media accounts. In other second factor news, Yubico was at the Cloud Identity Summit promoting its FIDO Certified multi-factor U2F solutions.

Compromised Twitter Accounts Highlight Need for Stronger Authentication

Yubico Highlights Multi-Factor Authentication at Cloud Identity Summit

Smartphones With Fingerprint Sensors

News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and Mobility

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced major smartphone integrations last week—its FPC1145 is featured as a side-mounted sensor on the new Aquos Zeta SH-04H and the Aquos Xx3 handsets from Sharp. IDEX made the news with a smartphone launch too, its Cardinal Q sensor having been built into LG’s new  Stylus 2 Plus.

FPC Sensors Secure New Sharp Smartphones

LG’s New Stylus 2 Plus Features IDEX Biometric Sensor


News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and MobilitySafran Identity & Security has been actively working with the GSMA on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity standards. Central to these efforts is the company’s eSIM solution, which has connected car applications and was given the spotlight at last week’s TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 auto show.

Safran Works to Establish IoT Connectivity Standards

Safran to Show Off Smart Car Demo of eSIM Solution at Auto Show

Standards and Specifications

News Roundup: Voice, Iris, Fingerprints and MobilitySpeaking of standards, Safran was at the Mobile Connect Summit last week promoting its solutions including its FIDO Certified facial recognition authentication solution. Speaking of Mobile Connect, GlobalSign signed on with the GSMA as a member of the Mobile Connect Accelerator (MCX) program. Finally, W3C published the first public working draft of its online authentication specification, opening the standards to comment and, ideally, improvement.

Safran to Promote Solutions at Mobile Connect Summit

GlobalSign Becomes GSMA MCX Partner

Short Demo Shows Off Safran’s Selfie-Based Mobile Connect Solution

W3C Publishes First Public Working Draft of Authentication Specification


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